Report – British Junior Road Race Championships


Tristan Robbins is the 2014 British Junior Road Race Championship after an exciting battle in North Yorkshire

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Report – British Junior Road Race Championships

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Tristan Robbins (above) is the 2014 British Junior Road Race Championship after an exciting battle in North Yorkshire which finished with Robbins crossing the line at the head of three riders who survived a very tough wet race.

The riders assembled at Ampleforth College just before the start at 12.20 in overcast and damp conditions. An entry of over 100 riders is another sign of how healthy racing in Britain is and after two neutralised miles, the racing was underway.


First attacker was Jack Escritt of Velocity who very quickly had 10 seconds which steadily grew with no other riders joining him. Two did so including Joey Walker (RST Racing) but an acceleration by James Shaw on the climb through the start finish saw the peloton regrouping.

Shortly after there was a crash for three riders with one requiring medical attention but nothing serious reported on race rider. The pace of the race was higher though but the peloton was splitting with small groups forming and coming together and a lot of riders now falling a long way off the back of the race itself.


At the front of the race, there was plenty of action with a small group escaping, a chase group bridging and a group of about 20 riders forming with favourite James Shaw leading them through the finish area as the rain fell out of the sky. Included in that lead group was Charlie Tanfield, Tristin Robbins, Thomas Bayliss, Stephen Williams, Nathan Draper, Stephen Williams and Oliver Maxwell and then another group including Joey Walker, Joseph Fry, Jez McCann and James Ireson.

Behind was chaos with a big crash ending the race for many as they entered the groups of the college. Back at the front Charlie Tanfield made a solo move and he rode the next lap of over 13 miles alone with a select group of a dozen or so closing in on him as he started the first of two smaller (10 mile) laps.


Favourite James Shaw was very active in the race and helped reduce the numbers of the leaders but was unable to pull off the win in the championship

With the rain still falling, and about 25 minutes of racing to go, Charlie Tanfield came through alone only seconds ahead of Thomas Bayliss. Behind him, the chase group was in panic mode as one attacker was brought back, another made his move and through the finish they were 23 seconds back.

Four riders though were soon together at the front as Nathan Draper and Tristin Robbins joined the two leaders and the attacking began with Tanfield being distanced, paying for his long lone effort. In the sprint to the line, it was a close content between the three riders with Tristan Robbins crossing the line as jubilant as any a rider could be winning the title ahead of first year junior Nathan Draper and Thomas Bayliss


The group come back through the finish area and its Shaw leading again as the rain tumbles down.


Ride of the day, Charlie Tanfield, out front for half the race, much of it on his own. He finished 4th.


Shaw puts pressure on the pedals and gaps the rider behind as two select groups are about to come together at the front behind Tanfield.



Thomas Bayliss chasing down Charlie Tanfield


Nathan Draper of RST Racing makes his move and Tristan Robbins is on it. They joined the two leaders to make four out front.


Thomas Bayliss (3rd), Tristan Robbins and Nathan Draper (2nd)

Result (official)
1 Tristan Robbins BH-Solidor-WAM Youth
2 Nathan Draper RST Racing Team
3 Thomas Baylis HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
4 Charlie Tanfield Adept Precision RT/NE Healthca…
5 Joey Walker RST Racing Team
6 Joseph Fry RST Racing Team
7 Oliver Maxwell Windmill Wheels Cycling Club
8 Stuart Balfour Spokes Racing Team
9 James Shaw HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team
10 Dan Gardner Speg – Project 51
11 Stephen Williams NFTO Race Club
12 Aaron Handley Bike Box Alan/Whiston Velo
13 Max Stedman Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
14 Jez McCann Catford CC Equipe/Banks
15 Lewis Stevens Strada-Sport
16 Ralf Hodgson Marton Race Team
17 William Perrett Heanor Clarion CC
18 Scott Auld PH-MAS Cycling
19 Oliver Payton PH-MAS Cycling
20 Callum McBrearty Nottingham Clarion CC
21 Julian Varley PH-MAS Cycling


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